Articles by Edan Lepucki
November 18, 2013
To get an informed answer, I decided to query some highly respected magazine editors and readers to see what they had to say on the topic.
October 10, 2013
For Atwood, the speculative effort is to imagine not just what the future might bring, but also what it might take away.
September 23, 2013
The project is a lesson for fiction writers in the variance of point of view, and it proves that interpersonal communication can be as trying as putting together Ikea furniture.
August 12, 2013
The thought of a student asking me this question in a classroom, where I would have to improvise a coherent answer, is enough to make me retire. Story arc?!
June 13, 2013
I’d love to read a novel narrated by Eloise’s mother. She’s a rich fuck-up, to be sure, maybe a functioning alcoholic with a penchant for Bloody Marys at breakfast and champagne every afternoon.
May 24, 2013
There are lots of conversations in the world about writing which focus on the benefit of the reader and what works for him or her, and of course all writers should care about that, but at the same time, the magic act of making something out of nothing is happening in the writer’s head, and it’s that brain that needs to be tended to first.
May 9, 2013
As I read its final lines, declarative and profound and true, I felt mournful. The book — this book! — was over. I closed the novel and wondered if I could write a book this big, this ballsy. I imagined Ms. Wolitzer behind an imposing mahogany desk, quill in hand. ”Why not?” she said to me, and smiled. Yes, why not?
April 25, 2013
A photograph captures a moment of time, but then time itself moves past that moment into the future. When we look at a photograph, we are looking at time stilled, at a moment that has died.
April 11, 2013
Honey, you aren’t a contestant on The Bachelor, you’re a writer!
February 27, 2013
I decided to ask some writers I admire what they try to figure out with their first drafts. What, I asked them, do you need to know before you begin? And what do you try to solve as you’re working on that first draft?